Quinnipiac University Bobcats (15-15-2, 9-11-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Brown University Bears (8-15-4, 6-10-4 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, February 26, 2010 - 7 p.m.
5/4 Yale University Bulldogs (18-6-3, 14-4-2 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 7:37 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 vs. Brown
Bill Schweizer (play-by-play)
Todd Carroll (analyst)
Feb. 27, 2010 vs. Yale
Paul Pacelli (play-by-play)
Todd Carroll (analyst)
England Sports Network (NESN)
Bill Schweizer (play-by-play)
Rich Coppola (analyst)
Bill Mecca (sideline)
Senior Night & Heroes Hat
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will host Brown University and nationally-ranked #5 Yale University this weekend in the Bobcats' final regular-season ECAC Hockey series of the 2009-10 season. The Bobcats will host Brown on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac enters the weekend with a record of 15-15-2 overall and 9-11-0 in ECAC Hockey. Brown is currently 8-15-4 overall and 6-10-4 in league play. On Saturday, Quinnipiac's game against Yale will be broadcast live on the New England Sports Network (NESN) at 7:37 p.m., with the pregame show slated for a 7 p.m. start. Following the game, the Heroes Hat will be awarded to the winning team. Yale is currently in first place in the ECAC Hockey standings with an overall record of 18-6-3 and 14-4-2 in ECAC Hockey play.
Quinnipiac's game on Saturday, Feb. 27 will be aired live on the New England Sports Network (NESN) at 7:37 p.m. with the pregame show airing at 7 p.m. Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play and will be joined along side by Rich Coppola with the color commentary. Bill Mecca will have the sideline report. NESN is available on DirecTV on Channel 628.
For Friday's game against Brown, Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play for both games this weekend while Todd Carroll will have the color commentary. That game will be available on AM 1220 WQUN or by visiting www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. On Saturday, the Bobcats' match-up against Yale will be featured on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com through teamline.cc.
Prior to the start of the Bobcats' game against Brown on Friday, Quinnipiac will honor seniors Jean-Marc Beaudoin, Mike Atkinson, Brandon Wong, Greg Holt, Eric Lampe and Brett Dickinson, as well as student athletic trainer John Williams and student manager Katie Meline.
Quinnipiac and Yale will be facing off for the "Heroes Hat" award on Saturday night. The game was revived in 2007 following a one-year absence to honor those who lost or risked their lives during terrorist attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. The award was previously given to the winner of the season series between Quinnipiac and the University of Connecticut. The Bobcats won four straight following its inception in 2002. In 2003, Quinnipiac claimed the "Heroes Hat" at Madison Square Garden in New York. The "Heroes Hat" award remembers Joseph Mascali (FDNY/Staten Island 5), father of Quinnipiac alumni Chris and Jenn Mascali. Following the game, members from the Mascali family will be on hand to present the winning team with the award.
Teddy Bear Toss
Quinnipiac will hold its "Third Annual Teddy Bear Toss" on Saturday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. All fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal or hats - preferably new - to the game and throw them onto the ice during the second intermission as a donation through Don's Hat Rack to benefit the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. Over the first two years of the benefit, more than 1,500 stuffed animals have been collected and distributed to children by student-athletes during a team hospital visit. Don's Hat Rack was founded in memory of Donald Perrotti, a former Hamden youth and high school hockey player who lost a six-year battle to Ewing's Sarcoma in 1998 at age 22. In addition to raising money and hosting special events, the organization collects donated hats, stuffed animals and other items for distribution to young cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy at the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.
All-Time Against Brown
Quinnipiac holds the advantage in the all-time series against Brown with wins in seven of the 11 meetings all-time. Quinnipiac had won five straight before a 3-2 loss to Brown at the TD Bank Sports Center on Feb. 21, 2009 and a 2-1 loss in Providence to the Bears on Dec. 5.
Scouting The Bears
Brown University is currently 8-15-4 overall and 6-10-4 in ECAC Hockey play. The Bears feature four 20-point scorers in sophmore Jack Maclellan (11-16-27), junior Harry Zolnierczyk (11-15-26) and seniors Aaron Volpatti (10-11-21) and Devin Timberlake (5-16-21). Freshman Chris Zaires (8-11-19) and sophomore Jeff Buvinow (6-13-19) are close behind. Mike Clemente has seen most of the action in net for the Bears this season, logging over 1,300 minutes across 26 games. The sophomore goalie has posted an 8-10-4 record with a .900 save percentage and a 3.32 goals-against average.
All-Time Against Yale
Quinnipiac is 5-3-1 all-time against Yale. The Bulldogs have won two of the last three meetings between the two teams, 3-0 on Jan. 31, 2009 and 7-4 on Dec. 6, 2009 in New Haven, with a 3-3 tie at the TD Bank Sports Center sandwiched in between on Jan. 20, 2009. Quinnipiac won five of the first six meetings against the Bulldogs, and have posted a 2-0-1 record in three games played at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Scouting The Bulldogs
Yale is currently ranked 5th in the USCHO.com Division I poll, 4th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and third in the INCH Power Rankings. The Bulldogs currently sit in first place in the ECAC Hockey standings at 14-4-2 with an overall record of 18-6-3. The Bulldogs have won six straight games and eight of their last 10 games. Of their six straight wins, Yale has scored at least four goals in five of them, five in four games while reaching six points twice. The Bulldogs feature a trio of 30-point scorers in junior Broc Little (24-11-35), sophomore Brian O'Neill (11-23-34) and senior Sean Backman (19-13-32). Junior Denny Kearney (6-21-27), Mark Arcobello (10-15-25), Andrew Miller (4-21-25) and Thomas Dignard (5-16-21) round-out the Bulldogs' 20-point scorers. In goal, Yale features three goalies with five wins apiece. Senior Billy Blase is 6-0-0 with a 2.37 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage. Freshmen Jeff Malcolm is 5-2-0 with a 2.89 GAA and a .882 save percentage while classmate Nick Maricic is 6-3-2 with a 2.76 GAA and a .894 save percentage.
Multiple Point Games
With a pair of goals against RPI on Friday, Feb. 19, Scott Zurevinski recorded his seventh multiple-point game of the season. He is tied with senior Greg Holt for the second most multi-point games this season, with both forwards trailing Quinnipiac leading scorer Brandon Wong. Wong has 12 multiple-point games to his credit this season. Seniors Eric Lampe and Jean-Marc Beaudoin each have six multiple-point games.
Zurevinski's two goals against RPI make him one of four Bobcats, along with Brandon Wong, Eric Lampe and Jeremy Langlois, to score twice in a game twice this season. Wong leads the team with three multiple-goal games.
Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey senior captain Jean-Marc Beadoin (St. Paul, Alb.) has been named one of the 10 finalists for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding senior NCAA student-athlete who excels on and off the ice. The 10 finalists will be placed on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award hockey ballot for a nationwide vote beginning today and concluding March 16. Fan balloting is available on the award's official Web site, http://www.seniorCLASSaward.com, as well as through text messaging. Fans can text HOCKEY to 74567 to vote for the finalists. These votes will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
Closing The Door
Last season, Quinnipiac was 16-0-0 in games in which it led after the second period. In their last 46 games in that scenario, dating back three seasons, Quinnipiac is undefeated at 42-0-4 when playing with a lead heading into the final frame. The Bobcats last loss,when leading after the second period, came in the 2006-07 ECAC Hockey Championship Game when Clarkson scored four third period goals to come-from-behind and take the league crown.
Bank Sports Center History
Since the door's opened on Quinnipiac University's state-of-the-art arena on Jan. 27, 2007, the Bobcats have played 58 games on their home ice, posting a 33-19-6 record.
Frozen Four Skills Challenge
Quinnipiac University senior assistant captain Brandon Wong , as well as women's ice hockey senior Janine Duffy, has been announced as a preliminary selection for the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge. Currently, 78 student-athletes from NCAA Division I men's and women's ice hockey have been announced with a goal of 32 student-athletes to be announced later this month. Bobcat fans have an opportunity to help their favorite Quinnipiac ice hockey student-athletes be selected to participate in the prestigious NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge by voting online from Feb. 1 through Feb. 15. Bobcat fans can visit www.ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information and online voting.